Mario Karlovic

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Mario Karlovic
Personal information
Full name Mario Karlovic
Date of birth (1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Adelaide Blue Eagles
Number 23
Youth career
1997 – 2000 SASI
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Adelaide City Force 16 (3)
2000 Adelaide Raiders (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2006 A.S. Cittadella 9 (0)
2006–2007 Torino F.C. 8 (0)
2006–2007 FC Chiasso (loan) 16 (1)
2007–2009 AS Viterbese 26 (0)
2009–2010 Brisbane Roar 6 (0)
2010–2011 Minangkabau F.C. 18 (3)
2011–2013 Persebaya 1927 66 (16)
2014 Terengganu 29 (5)
2015 ATM FA 22 (2)
2016 Kuala Lumpur FA 12 (0)
2017– Adelaide Blue Eagles 20 (1)
National team
2001 Australia U-17 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 02, 2016

Mario Karlovic is an Australian footballer who plays for Kuala Lumpur FA in the Malaysia Premier League. Karlovic plays as a creative attacking midfielder but can also play as a defensive midfielder. He is known for his free kicks and creative play.

Club career[edit]

Karlovic commenced his football career at Adelaide City Force signing for the NSL club as a 15-year-old in 2000. During his time at the club he represented the Australian Joeys in the Under 17 World Cup Qualifiers.

He was sold to Serie B club A.S. Cittadella in 2002 after also receiving interest from AC Milan. Karlović was unable to fulfill an invitation from the Italian giants due to a foot injury. He has spent the majority of his football career playing in Italy. He previously played for A.S. Cittadella in Serie C1 before he signed for Serie A side Torino FC after interest from Internazionale and Sampdoria.[1] At Torino he was immediately loaned out to Swiss club FC Chiasso who were coached by Attilio Lombardo.[1] Upon his return from his loan spell at FC Chiasso, he encountered passport issues and signed for Serie D club AS Viterbese.

On 24 September 2009 it was confirmed by Brisbane Roar manager Frank Farina that Karlovic would play for the Brisbane-based club on a short term contract to cover the loss of Massimo Murdocca to injury.[2][3]

Karlović signed for Minangkabau FC in December 2010 in the Liga Primer Indonesia where he helped the club to a mid table finish scoring 3 goals from a defensive midfield position in 18 games. His performances caught the attention of champions Persebaya 1927 whom he signed for in August 2011. He joined Terengganu FA of the Malaysia Super League for the 2014 season but left them at the end of the season as the management did not extend his one-year contract. He moved on to ATM FA in 2015 before joinining Kuala Lumpur FA in 2016.

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